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Well my girlfriend is ordering an 09 Mini S pretty soon and I'm buying the S2000 from her as my new daily driver so the Miata has to go. I've owned it for a little over a year and it's been problem free. It was previously owned by a 40 year old couple who replaced it with a 10AE for the wife. I purchased it in California while visiting my parents and shipped it back. Now it's ready to go to a new owner.

EDIT: It's #1154 out of #1500 not 1057 in title, not sure where I came up with that.

The Car

VIN #: JM1NA3516P1413406

1993 Brilliant Black Mazda Miata Limited Edition called Mazda to verify it is #1154 out of #1500 units. 171,XXX miles (see extensive recent maintenance list below). I bought it as a daily driver to save gas and keep the miles off my 05 RX-8. I am the 3rd owner and hold the clean title in hand. It has been a daily driver and garaged it's whole life. It has all the usual 93LE goodies listed below:

Performance: LSD, R package suspension, lightweight BBS wheels (with centercaps, no wrech) with Falken RT-615's, ABS (very nice feature to have for autocross and one of the reasons why I picked the LE), Flyin Miata 7/8" front swaybar, performance alignment

Exterior: R package rear lip, trunk spoiler, missing the front lip from prev owner. Has dings and dents from being a daily driver it's whole life, a few paint scratches where the previous owner tried to touch it up. The paint is overall glossy and mostly free of swirl marks with no oxidation. No rust on any of the panels looks overal very nice from 3 feet away. All the VIN tags match except the drivers door which I replaced with another brilliant black door when rolling it out of the garage (by foot) and it caught the garage door frame (stupid mistake). Has not been in any accidents to my knowledge.

Interior: Full red interior intact, drivers seat has a little wear the rest is great, has the aluminum teardrop door panels and sills, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors (all works perfectly), NB shift knob replaced by previous owners, original MSSS stereo intact, red tonneau and boot covers with bag included.


The Maintenance
The previous owners were very good with maintenance despite not being severe car junkies. I have a folder about 2 inches thick full of paperwork for the usual maintenance items (oil changes, air filter, timing belts etc). The timing belt, water pump, rear main seal, transmission seals, clutch, throwout bearings and some other major items were done about 20,000 miles ago early 07. I have since done oil changes at or before 3,000 miles and have changed the transmission and differential fluid once with synethics. I also changed the brake and clutch fluids twice. I recently replaced the spark plugs and wires as well as the air filter. I also replaced the front rotors and pads and inspected the rears. Overall the car has been maintained very well and the only single issue I've had was a noisy HLA that was ticking and that was taken care of with an engine flush. You are welcome to take a look at all the records/receipts for the car, it passed emissions with flying colors.

The Condition
The exterior is probably an 7/10. It has the typical Mazda stone chips in the front expected based on age and use. As mentioned before there are small various dings/dents as well as light scratches around the body since it was a daily driver and not a garage queen. Nothing that a pass with a PDR guy and some good touch up wouldn't fix. The LE wheels are overall in good condition with a few light curb marks etc. The car is very presentable as a fun, efficient daily driver and the exterior reflects this.

The interior is a 8/10 considering it's age. The leather on the drivers side bolster is a little cracked but not too severe, some crack filler and a re-dye would have it looking like new. The passenger seat is in pretty good condition with minimal cracking. The door panels are intact and in good shape as are the original red carpets and floormats. The previous owners had some red carpet made to cover the floormats and keep them clean. The A/C still works fine, as does the factory AM/FM/CD player, power windows and mirrors. I changed the front crappy OEM speakers to some Pioneer 6.5 that sound much better and the bass shakers in the seat work great.

The drivetrain is an overall 7/10. The engine runs smooth and gets 28 mpg city driving it conservatively, the transmissions shifts very smooth with no grinds even at high rpm, the cooling system is in good shape and it is all stock. The only things keeping it from being a 9 are the higher mileage and some gear whine from the transmission. The whine is quite common in my research and happens in every gear except for 4th. Threw throwout bearing also rattles a bit with the clutch out. A $150 new transmission would fix this easily and can be negotiated into a deal. I would not hesitate to take a road trip in this car as is right now.

The Price
I’m asking $5000 OBO for the car but will listen to reasonable offers and am open to discussion especially LotusTalk members. I think this is a reasonable price given the mileage and condition of the car. I do understand this is a higher mileage LE that is not in showroom condition as some others are and I'm not asking 10-15K. I bought this car since I wanted a LE that was reasonably clean and in good mechanical condition and have driven it as such. It has some nice features that may be hard to find together (LSD, ABS, R pack etc). and looks great with the black and red combo. The car still feels tight and the motor runs smooth. It was competitive in SCCA tire class last season despite the loose nut behind the wheel. I will not sell any of the parts or accessories separately, unless the car sells and the buyer does not want them and am not in a rush to sell the car immediately but it's ready to go whenever. I can be reached by PM or at joseph “dot” kan “at” hotmail “dot” com. Thanks for looking!

Pictures: I will provide high resolution pictures of anything by request.











 

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Looks like a nice price on a great little car. You should have no problem selling it.

Not that it matters, but I noticed that your ad says #1057 out of 1500, but your signature says #1154.
 

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Changed the price to $5,000 that's more in line with what other LE's have sold for recently. If you're at all interested PM or call me and we can work a deal. I have 8 weeks to sell the car before the GF's Cooper S arrives and this needs to go.
 

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Got some interior pics as well.

Driver door



Passenger door



Drivers side



Back View



Driver footwell



Pass side



Pass seat



Worst of the interior wear, drivers seat bolster



Gauge cluster

 

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Damn. If my house was built (with my extra garage spaces), I'd probably pick this up.

Good luck with the sale, it looks like a great car.
 

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Does it have power steering? I don't like power steering on Miatas.
Yes it does and trust me if you've driven one without it you would. The steering is much heavier than in the Elise on Miatas without power steering and you don't gain that delicate feel like you do in the Lotus by eliminating power steering either.
 

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Damn. If my house was built (with my extra garage spaces), I'd probably pick this up.

Good luck with the sale, it looks like a great car.
Thanks I'd keep it if I had extra garage space as well. Unfortunately I can't justify having 2 daily drivers and a fun weekend car with all 3 being small roadsters :D
 

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Yes it does and trust me if you've driven one without it you would. The steering is much heavier than in the Elise on Miatas without power steering and you don't gain that delicate feel like you do in the Lotus by eliminating power steering either.

I haven't driven a Miata without power steering but the ones with power steering feel over-boosted. I'll take your word for it.
 

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I haven't driven a Miata without power steering but the ones with power steering feel over-boosted. I'll take your word for it.
Everything feels overboosted compared to the Elise the Miata is quite good I think and I tend to buy cars that have good steering feel. (Elise, Miata, BMW M3, Mazda RX-8, S2000 etc).

Someone buy this car! Price is obo if you're interested just call my cell. I can answer any questions over the phone and can look up service records for anything. I know for a fact a major service was done within the last 30K miles including a bunch of seals, clutch and basic maintenance like fuel filter, spark plugs, wires etc.
 
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